DURHAM, N.H. -- Junior Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ontario) scored two goals and Freshman Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) had a goal and an assist as the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team fought off a late surge by Niagara for a 4-3 victory Friday night at the Whittemore Center.
The Wildcats outscored the Purple Eagles 2-1 in the first and second period, but Niagara would threaten to tie the game late when Brooke Bradburn made it 4-3 with 50 seconds remaining. UNH held Niagara without a shot for the remainder of the game, however.
Sophomore Jen Huggon made 14 saves for the victory while Tania Pinelli finished with 14 for the Purple Eagles.
The Wildcats improve to 8-2 overall, 5-2 in the ECAC while Niagara (5-6, 1-6 ECAC) loses its sixth in a row.
The Wildcats enjoyed a 4-2 advantage after two thanks to goals from Misikowetz and freshman Deborah Bernhard's (Acton, Mass.) first career-goal. Misikowetz shoveled in a rebound left by Pinelli following a Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ontario) shot at 11:11 to put UNH up by two, 3-1. Jennifer Goulet pulled the Purple Eagles back within one at 15:09. Forty-one seconds later Bernhard netted her first on an assist from freshman Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ontario).
UNH skated to a 2-1 lead in the first on goals from Thomas and Misikowetz. Fifty-six seconds into the game Thomas notched her ninth of the season on a shot from the point. Valerie Hall tied it for Niagara at 15:15 but 2:32 later Misikowetz put UNH back up by one when she tipped in a Thomas shot from the point on the power play.
New Hampshire concludes its four-game homestand Nov. 25 against Niagara. Game time is 7 p.m.